2019-01-25

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From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired

Trump confidant Stone is arrested, faces obstruction charge – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shouting “FBI, open the door,” authorities arrested Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, before dawn Friday in a criminal case that revealed that senior members of the Trump campaign sought to benefit from the release of hacke…

Pope blasts ‘invisible walls’ in ceremony at youth jail – (Associated Press)
LAS GARZAS, Panama (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday denounced how society puts up “invisible walls” to marginalize sinners and criminals as he brought World Youth Day to Panama’s juvenile delinquents who can’t participate in the Catholic Church’s big festival of…

Venezuela’s Guaido considering request for funds from IMF: sources – (Reuters)
Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has proclaimed himself interim president with U.S. support, is considering a request for funds from international institutions including the IMF to finance his interim government, two sources said.

Japan court upholds sterilization to register gender change – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — Human rights and LGBT activists on Friday denounced a ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official documents.The court said the…

FAA: Increase in sick leave causing flight delays – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration reported delays in air travel Friday because of a “slight increase in sick leave” at two East Coast air traffic control facilities.The delays come as a partial government shutdown threatens to undermine the …

Trump ally Roger Stone charged with lying in Russia probe – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone was arrested on Friday on charges of lying to Congress about the release of stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 campaign, prompting Trump to lash out again about a “Witch Hunt” against him.

The Latest: Cuomo blames airport delays on ‘federal madness’ – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on delays in U.S. air travel (all times local):11:40 a.m.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says delays at East Coast airports amid a partial federal government shutdown are another symptom of the “federal madness” caused by Republican Pres…

After Stone arrest, Trump says Russia probe ‘greatest witch hunt in history’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, following the arrest of his longtime political ally Roger Stone, that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign is the “greatest witch hunt in the history of our country! No collusion…

Alibaba slams U.S. treatment of Huawei, efforts to curb China’s rise – (Reuters)
A senior Alibaba executive slammed the United States’ treatment of China’s Huawei Technologies as “extremely unfair”, saying measures by the country to curb the firm’s access to their markets was “very politically motivated”.

Russia opposes Venezuela opposition leader as interim president: U.N. envoy – (Reuters)
Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Friday that Moscow would oppose a U.S. push for the United Nations Security Council to recognize Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.

Teacher killed ‘after confiscating phone’ – (BBC News)
Three students are arrested following the physics teacher’s death in the Kenyan city of Nakuru.

Both parties feel urgency after Senate fails to end shutdown – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic leaders hunted Friday for a way to halt the 35-day partial government shutdown, but remained at odds over President Donald Trump’s demand that any compromise include money for his coveted border wall.Senators were t…

Queen sends a Brexit message to UK politicians: end your bickering – (Reuters)
Queen Elizabeth has sent a delicately coded message to Britain’s factious political class over Brexit, urging lawmakers to seek common ground and grasp the big picture to resolve the crisis.

UK could reopen Brexit deal if parliament ready to accept agreement with backstop changes: BuzzFeed – (Reuters)
The British government’s enforcer Julian Smith has told lawmakers that the Brexit agreement could be reopened if parliament shows it would back an agreement with legally-binding changes to the Irish backstop, BuzzFeed reported on Friday.

Faraway space snowman is pitted and has bright ‘collar’ – (Associated Press)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space snowman visited by NASA on New Year’s Day is pitted all over. It also has a bright “collar” around its two fused spheres.These are the newest details to emerge about Ultima Thule (TOO-lee), the most distant object ever ex…

Staffing forces brief halt to arrivals at New York airport, new delays – (Reuters)
The Federal Aviation Authority briefly issued a ground stop for arriving flights at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Friday morning as the government dealt with staffing shortages at two air traffic control facilities in New York and Florida.

China and U.S. among 76 WTO members pushing for new e-commerce rules – (Reuters)
Impatient with a lack of World Trade Organization rules on the explosive growth of e-commerce, 76 members – including the United States, China, the European Union and Japan – agreed on Friday to start negotiating a new framework.

Flights halted into New York airport – (BBC News)
Flights are halted into LaGuardia Airport as a government shutdown causes staffing shortages.

U.S. diplomats leave Caracas embassy as Washington backs Maduro rival – (Reuters)
Some U.S. diplomats left the embassy in Caracas for the airport on Friday in a convoy escorted by police, according to a Reuters witness, after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro broke off relations with Washington and ordered American personnel out.

Some US diplomats leaving Venezuela amid political crisis – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Some U.S. diplomats in Venezuela headed for the Caracas airport early Friday amid a political power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and an opposition leader who has declared himself interim president.A letter by a U.S. Emba…

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From various sources

Druckman called on to apologize for supporting sex offender Rabbi – (The Jerusalem Post)
In a statement given to The Jerusalem Post, the nine RCA rabbis said that Druckman is “a great Torah scholar…” but added that his failure to apologize for his support for Elon was an issue.

10,000 Palestinians demonstrate in Gaza, Kochavi arrives at the border – (The Jerusalem Post)
Fourteen people were injured during the demonstrations, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.

Roger Stone allegedly quoted “The Godfather” while threatening a witness – (Vice News)
Stone told “Person 2” to “do a Frank Pentangeli” before the House Intelligence Committee.

Watch: Australian Open highlights – (BBC Sport)
Watch BBC Two live on BBC iPlayer.

BuildZoom jobs – (Hacker News)
Job openings at BuildZoom

T-Mobile’s new 600MHz hot spot is intended to provide broadband to rural customers – (The Verge)
T-Mobile just announced the launch of the Coolpad Surf, a 600MHz mobile hot spot that’s aiming to bring service to less-populated rural areas.

Video shows pre-dawn FBI raid at Roger Stone’s house – (CBS News)
Video of the pre-dawn FBI raid at Roger Stone’s house in Florida shows agents in combat gear with guns drawn using night-vision equipment and pounding on the door, shouting “FBI open the door! FBI, warrant!” Stone was charged in connection with the special co…

Chemists have created a nontoxic pufferfish extract – (Mashable)
The thrill is gone.

Boeing’s flying car has taken to the skies for the first time – (Mashable)
The 30-foot-long passenger drone managed to take off and land successfully.

Live updates: Shutdown causes delays at airports – CNN – (CNN)
Doug Behm has been sitting on a Jet Blue flight bound for Cartagena, Colombia, for hours. He shared a photo of passengers standing restlessly in the plane’s center aisle.

Native Americans offer to educate Covington Catholic staff and students – (The Guardian (UK))
Leaders sent letter to school seeking to ‘build understanding’ after students were filmed in apparent confrontation

Walmart Wants to Hire 900 Truck Drivers With Salary Nearly Twice the Average – (Fortune)
The retailer is looking to hire 900 truckers and adjusting some of its payment structures to bring the average salary to $87,500.

Trump confidant Stone is arrested, faces obstruction charge – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shouting “FBI, open the door,” authorities arrested Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, before dawn Friday in a criminal case that revealed that senior members of the Trump campaign sought to benefit from the release of hacke…

Pro Rata podcast: Elizabeth Warren’s push to tax wealth – (Axios)
Dan and Axios’ Mike Allen on the Democratic Party’s push to tax wealth, and how Trump may respond.

Red Dead Online: Free Gold and Gun Rush Fixes in Latest Update – IGN – (IGN)
Play this weekend, January 25-27, 2018, to receive 5 free Gold Bars.

Chilling school class photo which reveals the horrors of the Holocaust – (Mirror)
Some of the last survivors of the Nazi’s extermination of the Jews living in Britain have spoken for the first time for a BBC documentary

Pope blasts ‘invisible walls’ in ceremony at youth jail – (Associated Press)
LAS GARZAS, Panama (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday denounced how society puts up “invisible walls” to marginalize sinners and criminals as he brought World Youth Day to Panama’s juvenile delinquents who can’t participate in the Catholic Church’s big festival of…

Pogba will join Barcelona or Real Madrid when he leaves Man United, says brother Florentin – (FourFourTwo)
Florentin Pogba thinks Paul Pogba will only join Barcelona or Real Madrid from Manchester United, and certainly not Manchester City.

Messi and Maradona join campaign as Sala family hire private company to resume search – (FourFourTwo)
The search for missing Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala should be resumed, according to his compatriots Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

British man and family plead for asylum after hiding in Australia in fear of Russian threats – (The Guardian (UK))
Whistleblower Nicholas Stride claims he lived off the grid in the outback for eight years after revealing financial dealings of Russia’s former deputy PM

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All about Trump

Trump confidant Stone is arrested, faces obstruction charge – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shouting “FBI, open the door,” authorities arrested Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, before dawn Friday in a criminal case that revealed that senior members of the Trump campaign sought to benefit from the release of hacke…

Pro Rata podcast: Elizabeth Warren’s push to tax wealth – (Axios)
Dan and Axios’ Mike Allen on the Democratic Party’s push to tax wealth, and how Trump may respond.

Trump ally Roger Stone charged with lying in Russia probe – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone was arrested on Friday on charges of lying to Congress about the release of stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 campaign, prompting Trump to lash out again about a “Witch Hunt” against him.

Federal judge orders Stone released on $250K bond – (The Hill)
A federal magistrate judge on Friday ruled that longtime GOP operative and President Trump associate Roger Stone is not a flight risk and can be released on a $250,000 signature bond.

Trump attacks Roger Stone indictment as White House aides try to distance him – (USA Today)
“This this has nothing to do with the president, nothing to do with the White House,” Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Rep. Ilhan Omar faces backlash after claiming Trump is backing ‘coup’ in Venezuela – (Fox News)
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing a social media backlash after accusing President Trump of backing a “coup” in the socialist-led country of Venezuela even though Nicolas Maduro’s government is considered largely illegitimate by much of the inter…

After Stone arrest, Trump says Russia probe ‘greatest witch hunt in history’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, following the arrest of his longtime political ally Roger Stone, that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign is the “greatest witch hunt in the history of our country! No collusion…

Pelosi: Trump ‘pushing airspace to the breaking point’ with shutdown – (The Hill)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday said the news of the FAA halting flights into La Guardia was evidence that President Trump is “pushing our airspace to the breaking point” with the government shutdown.

Roger Stone released on $250,000 bond after Trump-Russia indictment – live – (The Guardian (UK))
Longtime Trump ally arrested in Florida on Friday morning as indictment, signed by Mueller, alleges Stone ‘corruptly influenced’ congressional inquiries

Trump denounces Stone arrest: ‘Human traffickers are treated better’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday accused the FBI of mistreating his longtime associate Roger Stone by arresting him in a pre-dawn raid, his first response to the Russian investigation indictment.

Donald Trump Responds To Roger Stone’s Arrest In Mueller Investigation – (The Huffington Post)
The indictment alleges Stone was in contact with Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks about information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton.

Trump responds to Roger Stone arrest: ‘Human Traffickers are treated better’ – (CNBC)
The president was responding to news of the arrest early Friday morning of his longtime associate and friend, Roger Stone.

Everyone caught up in the Trump investigations – (Axios)
How to keep all the interviews and charges straight.

Both parties feel urgency after Senate fails to end shutdown – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic leaders hunted Friday for a way to halt the 35-day partial government shutdown, but remained at odds over President Donald Trump’s demand that any compromise include money for his coveted border wall.Senators were t…

Patriotic or racist? Trump’s Make America Great Again hats have become a hot-button issue – (USA Today)
The Make America Great Again caps are synonymous with President Trump, but after the Covington Catholic standoff, some say they’re a symbol of racism.

Trump: Local businesses such as grocery stores will ‘work along’ with feds during shutdown – (USA Today)
Trump addressed controversial comments made by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by suggesting federal workers should be able to easily get relief.

The Roger Stone Indictment: Four Key Takeaways – (Wired)
The indictment of longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone allegedly sheds new light on where the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks intersected.

Ryan Zinke says he’s now trying to make a cryptocurrency company “great again” – (Vice News)
Former Trump Cabinet member Ryan Zinke has a new gig as the managing director of Artillery One, a blockchain and cryptocurrency investment firm.

Roger Stone was in close contact with Trump campaign about WikiLeaks, indictment shows – (The Washington Post)
The court filing details how people close to the campaign were eager to leverage hacked Democratic emails to their advantage.

Senate leaders continue to seek a deal to end shutdown that will satisfy Trump – (The Washington Post)
Deliberations are ongoing between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) as the shutdown stretched into its 35th day.

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